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Spring Valley junk hearing held


Mon, Jul 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Spring Valley city council met in regular session on July 13. Members present were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer. Prior to the regular meeting, the council held a public hearing for Junk Ordinance Violations. There were two properties with ongoing issues related to the ordinance. Regarding the first, Police Chief Tim Rasmussen said the only problem is a vehicle that is currently registered but does not yet have current license plate stickers, and which is not yet operable. The owner asked why the vehicle would need to be charged up and running, to which Zimmer answered that the ordinance specifically says vehicle must be “current and operable”.

According to Chief Rasmussen, the second property owners had “quite a few items” in violation of the Junk Ordinance, but the majority have been cleaned up, and two of three vehicles on the property are running and registered. The council elected to give both property owner until the next regular city council meeting to have the vehicles “current and operable”. Mayor Struzyk suggested the owners call city hall to have someone come and verify when the vehicles are operable.

The council then opened the regular meeting, and approved the prior minutes, and July Preliminary Accounts Payable totaling $197,599.66. No visitors had signed up to address the council, so the next order of business was Resolution 2015-26 (Ambulance Quarterly Write-Offs), which the council voted unanimously to approve.

The council then considered a request from Daniel & Patricia O’Connell to change the purchase terms for the former elementary school lot. The original purchase price was to be $5000, but they’d asked the council to consider changing that to $500, and to adjust the dates in the agreement. Members discussed the pro’s and con’s of the suggestion, with Mayor Struzyk stating, “$5000 down to $500 is quite a drop”, and councilor Jones agreed, saying, “For that size of a lot, $5000 is still pretty inexpensive”. The council considered “splitting the difference” by settling on a price of $2500. The city attorney will be consulted about this, and a recommendation will be brought to the next council meeting.

Next, the council discussed the Bill Vreeman Request for Sewer Refund. Zimmer explained that is was recently discovered that the property had not been connected to the city sewer for the past 35 years, a .....
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Spring Valley to increase sewer rates

Mon, Jun 29th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council dealt with two main issues at the June 22 regular meeting. The first issue was a proposed increase in the city’s sewer rates. City Administrator Deb Zimmer stated, “This is just a slight increase” (of 2% to the ..... 
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Spring Valley capital improvement plan discussed

Mon, Jun 15th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on June 8, with all members present. Mike Bubany gave an Excel spreadsheet presentation showing the various projects Spring Valley aims to complete within the next five to ten years, including L ..... 
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Spring Valley approves ambulance management contract

Mon, May 18th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On May 11, the Spring Valley City Council met at 5 p.m. to consider a proposed agreement between Gold Cross Ambulance Service and the city of Spring Valley. A regular council meeting followed at 6 p.m. Members present were Tony Archer, Todd Jones, ..... 
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Spring Valley “junk ordinance” being enforced

Mon, May 11th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on April 27, with all members present. Minutes of the previous meeting, and April accounts payable, were approved. A citizen, Paul Mittelstadt, addressed the council about the city’s “junk o ..... 
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Spring Valley contracts for EMS training

Mon, Apr 20th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

On April 13, the Spring Valley City Council met for annual Board of Review at 5:30 p.m., followed by the regular council meeting. Members present were Tony Archer, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and Administrator Deb Zimmer. The ..... 
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Mitchel Lentz wins a seat on the Fillmore County Board of Commissioners

Mon, Apr 6th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The ballots are in, which means the votes are in, as well. In the ripple effect that started with Tom Kaase winning the November 2014 election to be named the Sheriff of Fillmore County, Kaase’s seat as Commissioner for District 1 became an open ..... 
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Bids accepted for Spring Valley Industrial Park project

Mon, Mar 30th, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

The Spring Valley City Council met in regular session on March 23, attended by all members (Tony Archer, Todd Jones, Mayor Jim Struzyk, Bill Bires, Jeff Vehrenkamp, and City Administrator Deb Zimmer). Following the Pledge of Allegiance, Tom Wente g ..... 
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Who will be the next District 1 Commissioner?

Mon, Mar 23rd, 2015
Posted in Spring Valley Government

Q & A with candidates vying for open Fillmore County District 1 Commissioner seat on March 31, 2015. Of 11,930 registered voters in all five districts of Fillmore County, District 1 has the most number of registered voters -- at 2,650. The question ..... 
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